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Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting

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Color Poems—Using the Five Senses to Guide Prewriting

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Michelle Ota

Seattle, Washington


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Large boxes of crayons, or paint chips from a home improvement store

  • Additional color poems from Mary O'Neill's Hailstones and Halibut Bones and/or the listed Websites

  • Sentence Strips

  • Writer's notebooks

  • Variety of art materials

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Printing Press

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Printing Press

The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.


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  • Have a variety of physical examples of color available for the students. This could be a large box of crayons, or paint chips from the home improvement store.

  • Gather sample poems to share with students from Mary O'Neill's Hailstones and Halibut Bones and/or the listed Websites.

  • Make appropriate copies of the Color Poem Templates, Color Poem Examples, and Color Poem Assessment.

  • This lesson assumes that students have a working knowledge of similes. If not, please refer to the following lessons to set the stage: Figurative Language Awards Ceremony.

  • View additional poetry links, if necessary, to ensure that they are appropriate for your students.

  • Test the ReadWriteThink Printing Press on your computers to familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the Flash plug-in installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

  • Choose the templates that will work best for your students' work-brochures, flyers, or booklets. Adapt this lesson plan for the option you've chosen.

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